SAAP Annual Meeting 2015

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Rethinking the Human Condition

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For several decades renewed interest in the connection between perception and knowledge has sustained a robust debate over external world skepticism (EWS). Recently, however, a growing consensus holds that the skeptical challenge has been substantially met, and that realism in some robust form has emerged a clear victor. I invite us to rethink this consensus in a two-part response. The first forges a temporary alliance with skepticism against prominent forms of contemporary realism. That these fail to rebuff EWS bolsters Barry Stroud’s call for a new paradigm of objectivity. In the second part I sketch such a paradigm based upon a transactional interpretation of Dewey’s pragmatism, and indicate its resilience to skeptical attacks


Frank Ryan    
Kent State University
United States


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